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  1. This thread is to discuss actual immigration policy changes by the Trump administration. Please do NOT speculate on future policy changes, we have a separate thread pinned for that in the General Immigration Discussion. This thread here is ONLY to discuss policies already published, and how they impact our members and their loved ones. Feel free to post links to actual policies from reputable mainstream news sources in this thread too. Please use ONLY this thread to discuss the Trump administration's current immigration policies, in order to keep our other forums free from such discussion and not cluttered with political talk.
  2. I am noticing that some of the various visa assistant/processing consultants & services online saying that the because of the current (Trump) administration's "crackdown on immigrants" (not my words), that if there are errors on the forms a higher percentage of immediate denials will be issued by USCIS and they will not bother with sending any RFE (Request for Evidence) and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) notices to allow these corrections to be made. My first thought is that this is merely a sales tactic to "scare" us into paying for their services; I actually had one of these consultants tell me this on the phone and they then made an me immediate offer & discount to "act before things get worse". Is this truly the case or am I right? Please, I am not looking for comments about Trump or politics as this is not the place for that, only sincere replies to my question... Thanks!
  3. Greetings everyone. Our I-130 us currently at the NVC. They NVC just received the paperwork for the I-864 late last week (the DS-260 was completed previously online), and a check of the visa status via the website shows it "At NVC". The question is: what timeframe can we expect as to her receiving a letter from the embassy for her interview? It will be at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The reason for the question is that she would like to visit with her sister, who lives in Chennai, India for a number of weeks (3-4); and in an effort to save money, I was planning on booking the ticket far enough out for an optimal deal. It looks as though the best deal can be had if one chooses a flight 3-4 weeks out (a savings of about $100). While I can afford to spend the extra money, I obviously prefer to keep ii in my own pocket. As is the case with any I-130 application, it's been a long road, and we'd like to be together ASAP. Also, is there an expiration associated with an I-130 similar to the I-129? If memory serves, the 129's have a shelf life of about 3 months once approved. Lastly, I do want her to be granted entry ASAP so as to avoid any unforeseen developments in immigration policy that may cause additional delays. Thanks for your input.
  4. LONDON — A giant balloon depicting U.S. President Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby flew over London Friday as tens of thousands marched through the streets to protest the American leader's visit to the U.K. The diaper-clad infant, with a quiff of hair and a mobile phone for tweeting, was the centerpiece of demonstrations protesting Trump's policies on issues ranging from immigration and race relations to women and climate change. "Depicting Trump as a baby is a great way of targeting his fragile ego, and mocking him is our main motivation," said Matthew Bonner, one of the organizers. "He doesn't seem to be affected by the moral outrage that comes from his behavior and his policies. You can't reason with him but you can ridicule him." https://www.9news.com/article/news/nation-world/watch-giant-baby-trump-balloon-floats-over-london-in-protest/507-573434688
  5. My parents immigration visa is pending admin processing at the Yerevan, Armenia embassy. We have noticed that after the travel ban fiasco there has been little to no new visas being posted on their website even though the ban is still not in effect. Has anybody else seen admin processing cases being posted slow down in Armenia or in any other US embassy?
  6. Okay so I am needing some guidance here. I don't see that this is a problem, but wanting to add ease of mind. Evidence of support for the I-134 form require bank accounts, etc. Let me say up front that my salary alone can support my fiance. I have a bank account that has my money in it, but it's been under my father's account name for over 11 years. I was going to pull it out soon and move it to another account but never did. When I go to get the statements for the previous year it just has my father's name on the statement's and just my account nick name next to my account. I recently moved my funds to another account which shows my name on it. However, I have no previous year transactions because I moved it. What steps should I potentially take to avoid interview issues for my fiance IF this will even be a problem, because again my salary alone can support her. If this is confusing, let me know and I will try to explain further.
  7. I just finished reading that the interviews for immigrant visas for Cubans will be held at the US embassy in Bogota, Colombia. This means that any petitions for K1 or CR1 will be transferred to that embassy. Not only am I heart broken and confused . But I’m so upset because I just don’t understand how does the US government believe a Cuban who earns $30 a Month, can afford a trip to Colombia? And to top it off you need A VISA to travel there? I mean isn’t this automatic denial ? They’re just violating the 1994 agreement to let AtleaSt 20,000 Cubans enter the US per year. And now they’re settimg is up for failure. Why not just work with the Swiss embassy and open the interest section again? Why make the Cuba beneficiary who makes $30 a month and cant get a visa to go to Colombia , “travel” all the way over there? They’re expecting to send letters to existing petitions that were approved on how to handle it , but this is so not fair. You’re humiliating one of the poorest countries in the world. I ask that someone answer me or atleast give me some advice because I’m about to lose my mind.
  8. So the State Department released a report indicating a 98% denial rate on Travel Ban Waiver applications. Three days ago 3/16/2018, a lawsuit was filed in California asking for a federal court to cease visa denials and stop the travel ban from taking effect. Anyone have any info on this? Anyone successfully get a visa through waiver application??
  9. Salaam Everyone I have created this topic so we all may benefit from it. My friend recently got an appointment at DIJABOUTI for his I-130 petition for Alien relative. In other words he got an appointment for his wife. He traveled to Dijabouti and did his appointment but was not issued the visa. He spent over 4 months in Dijabouti awaiting his visa. His petition was under ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING and still is. My question is what’s going on with the travel Ban? How long will his case be under administrative processing? Dijabouti is costly for the average Yemenie and many yemenies are suffering trying to bring their family members into the United States. Is there a lawyer or an immigration specialist out there who can help? Are there people out there of yemenie decent with the same issue? What can we do? Help help help!
  10. MrsSanchez

    Interview locations for Cubans

    Our k-1 visa application was accepted on 7-20. I expect that it will be approved in the next month or two, at which time it will be forwarded to the embassy where we will interview. Originally that would have been Havana, but they are no longer doing interviews. I read that immigrant visas will be forwarded to Colombia for interviews, but ours is a non immigrant visa. I also read that no visas will be transferred to another embassy, you will need to reapply. The website said Cubans are welcome to interview at any embassy around the world, but Cubans are not allowed to travel to most countries, so how is this possible? I need to begin making plans for travel, but do not know what country we will be allowed to interview in. My question is this- since our application has not yet been approved or sent to Havana, will they instead send it to another country where Cubans are allowed to travel and interview at? Or will they make me reapply even though the application is still in the US?
  11. Hello guys, I want to ask if there are any changes of terms about the interviews of the DVlottery after the new storm of Trump raise act, i have an interview on November i hope nothing changed.. Thank you.
  12. The whole world’s eyes are on Washington today, and not in a good way. As Venezuelans, we’re looking North with more trepidation than most today, even though — in fairness — the panic over Trump-as-northern-Chávez is premature. A politician is to be judged by what it does in office, not by what he says before he gets there. Beating Chávez historic economic demolition of the richest oil country in the world, during the biggest oil bonanza ever, leaving behind an inflation-ridden, bullet-stricken, hungry, ailing country — is quite an ask. But let’s see what happens. Because in one way, Trump and Chávez are identical: they are masters of Populism. The recipe is universal. Find a wound common to many, someone to blame for it and a good story to tell. Mix it all together. Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen. Cartoon them. As vermin, evil masterminds, flavourless hipsters, you name it. Then paint yourself as the saviour. Capture their imagination. Forget about policies and plans, just enrapture them with a good story. One that starts in anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in. That’s how it becomes a movement. There’s something soothing in all that anger. Though full of hatred, it promises redemption. Populism can’t cure your suffering, but it can do something almost as good — better in some ways: it can build a satisfying narrative around it. A fictionalized account of your misery. A promise to make sense of your hurt. It is them. It’s been them all along. For all those who listen, Populism is built on the irresistible allure of simplicity. The narcotic of the simple answer to an intractable question. The problem is now made simple. The problem is you. How do I know? Because I grew up as the ‘you’ Trump is about to turn you into. I was cast in the role of the enemy in the political struggle that followed the arrival of Chávez, and watched in frustration year after year as the Opposition tried and failed to do anything about the catastrophe unfolding all around. Only later did I realize this failure was, in a significant way, self-inflicted. And so, some advice: 1. Don’t forget who the enemy is. Populism can only survive amid polarization. It works through caricature, through the unending vilification of a cartoonish enemy. Pro tip: you’re the enemy. Yes, you, with the Starbucks cup. Trump needs you to be the enemy just like all religions need a demon. As a scapegoat. “But facts!”, you’ll say, missing the point entirely. read more
  13. What are these two doing? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-s-kim-jong-un-calls-president-trump-frightened-n803631 "Far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors," Kim said. "A frightened dog barks louder. Trump will pay dearly for his speech"
  14. Hi, I recently received my advance parole card, and I am traveling for work next week outside the US. IS there anything else I should carry alongside my passport and advance parole? I'm worried in this climate I may have issues returning. Has anyone any experience with this? thanks tinku